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What do we do for you? 
What is a Buyer's Agent? 
Who does the agent showing property represent? 
How do Buyer's Agents and Seller's Agents compare? 
Should you use a Buyer's Agent? 
Agency Disclosure Form from the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Real Estate Agents and Salespersons

 

What do we do?

  1. Use the Internet to send you latest MLS listings.
  2. Provide information about towns and neighborhoods.
  3. Negotiate the best price and terms for you, not the seller.
  4. Provide you with the names of lenders, home inspectors, contractors, attorneys, title companies, and other consultants.
  5. Represent you, not the property or the seller. 
  6. Negotiate on your behalf.

 
What is a Buyer's Agent?

A buyer's agent represents the interests of a buyer, not the seller. The buyer becomes the client of the buyer's agent, not the customer. With a seller's agent, the buyer is just a customer to whom the seller agent has no obligations.

In contrast, under Massachusetts law, the buyer agent's fiduciary duties to her client are:

Obedience
Loyalty
Disclosure
Confidentiality
Accounting
Reasonable care and diligence


 
Who does the agent showing you property represent?

The agent who is showing you houses represents the seller, unless the agent specifically tells you that she is a buyer's agent who represents you. When sellers list their home for sale, they sign a contract with a real estate company. The listing contract obligates all realtors, except buyer's agents, to get the highest price and the best terms for the seller.


 
How do Buyer's Agents and Seller's Agents compare?

Services

Buyer's Agent

Seller's Agent

 Select houses to see.

 Arrange showings.

 Explain forms, agreements, and common practices
 in real estate.

 Assist with financing information.

 Point out the negatives of a house.

  

 Keep buyer's bargaining position confidential.

 

 Prepare unbiased market analysis showing the
 fair market value of a house.

 

 Provide access to entire market: houses listed
 in MLS, bank-owned property, and houses
 that are for sale by owner.

  

 Research property data at town hall and the
 Registry of Deeds.

 Negotiate and strategize best price and terms for buyer.

 Write offer with buyer's best interest in mind.

 

 Recommend the preferred experts for title
 searches, home inspections, home improvements,
 and repairs.

 

 Monitor closing.

 

Should you use a Buyer's Agent?

"Like it or not, the real estate agent helping you house hunt is usually working for the seller and is legally bound to try to get the seller the highest price. But buyers no longer have to fend for themselves. You can now hire a buyer's agent to work on your behalf."
(U.S. News & World Report)

Are buyer's agents effective? U.S. Sprint found that employees who hired buyer's agents paid an average 91% of a home's list price, while those using seller's agents paid 96.5%.

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